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College football begins Saturday, August 26 but the best games don’t begin for another week on September 1. Let’s take a look at what should be the top games each week.


Sept. 2

Michigan vs. Florida (at Arlington, TX): Both could be contenders for the Top 10 this year. The Wolverines finished 10th last year while the Gators came in at 14th in AP Poll, 13th in coaches poll.

Florida State vs. Alabama (Atlanta): Could be a preview of the College Football Playoff at the end of the year. Seminoles finished 8th in the polls while Bama placed second losing to Clemson in last year’s title game.


Sept. 3

West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech (Landover MD): A rivalry renewed after 12 years. Both teams were ranked last year.


Sept. 9

Oklahoma at Ohio State: A win should give Sooners a lift enroute to the playoffs. Buckeyes won big in Norman, 45-24, last year.

Georgia at Notre Dame: First meeting since 1981 when Bulldogs won the national title with a 17-10 Sugar Bowl victory.

Stanford at USC: Trojans finished in Top 5 a year ago and the Cardinal finished just outside the Top 10. Although USC leads the series, 59-32-3, Stanford has won three straight and eight of last 11.


Sept. 16

Clemson at Louisville: Tigers scored two touchdowns in last seven minutes to erase an eight-point deficit last year. Both teams will be ranked high this year.

Tennessee at Florida: Tennessee scored 38 unanswered points to erase a 21-0 deficit on its way to a 38-28 victory last year to snap 11-game Florida streak in the series.

Miami at Florida State: Seminoles looking for eighth straight in the rivalry to even the series at 31 games apiece.


Sept. 23

Washington at Colorado: Huskies beat Buffaloes, 41-10, in Pac 12 Championship Games last year. Now, the Dogs must go to Boulder where fans are angry for revenge.

Notre Dame at Michigan State: Fighting Irish lead, 48-29-1, in the series, but Spartans have won 11 of last 18.


Sept. 30

Oklahoma State at Texas Tech: Not many great games this weekend so we’ll go with the best Big 12 game this week. Should be plenty of scoring as the last five contests have averaged a combined 92 points.


October 7

LSU at Florida: Should be a battle of ranked teams down at the “The Swamp.” Winner ould challenge for SEC West title.

West Virginia at TCU: The winner could make a push for the Big 12 title.

Michigan State at Michigan: Wolverines reign supreme in the series (69-35-5) but Spartans have taken seven of last nine.


October 14

Oklahoma vs. Texas (Dallas): Two rookie coaches for both teams for the first time in 70 years. Longhorns lead 61-45-5, but Sooners have won six of last 10.

Auburn at LSU: The battle of Tigers for second behind Alabama in the SEC West. Auburn and LSU should be ranked when they meet.

Utah at USC: Utes scored a touchdown with 16 seconds remaining last year to win, 31-27.


October 21

Oklahoma State at Texas: Cowboys have won five of last seven in the series including four straight in Austin.

Louisville at Florida State: Both teams in the mix for ACC Atlantic Division title. Cardinals blew out the Noles by 43 last year.

USC at Notre Dame: Both bluebloods could enter this contest ranked for the first time since 2009.


October 28

Penn State at Ohio State: Unranked Nittany Lions knocked off No. 2 Buckeyes, 24-21, with 17 fourth quarter points. Penn State went on to win Big Ten championship.

Georgia vs. Florida (Jacksonville): Winner will have upper hand in taking the SEC East. Between 1904 and 1989, Bulldogs held a 44-22-2 lead in the series. The Gators have won 21 of the past 27 meetings to close the gap to 40-43-2 in favor of Georgia.


November 4

Oklahoma at Oklahoma State: Sooners and Cowboys picked to finish one and to respectively in Big 12. Both could meet again in conference championship game in December.

LSU at Alabama: A Tiger upset in Tuscaloosa cold rock the SEC West. Crimson Tide looking for sixth straight victory in series.


November 10

Washington at Stanford: A rare Friday night contest in the Pac 12. Huskies haven’t own in Palo Alto since 2007 – five straight losses.


November 11

USC at Colorado: Trojans handed Buffs only loss during Pac 12 regular season.

Georgia at Auburn: The Deep South’s oldest rivalry. Bulldogs lead 57-55-8 in 120 meetings. Georgia also has won three straight to own the series edge.

TCU at Oklahoma: Since the Horned Frogs joined the Big 12 in 2012, the average margin of victory in the five games is 4.1 points.

Notre Dame at Miami: Some bad blood over the years between these two. Irish won last year, 30-27 with field goal and a half minute to go.


November 18

UCLA at USC: A cross-town rivalry and the best in the Pac 12. UCLA’s campus is less than 12 miles from the USC campus.

Michigan at Wisconsin: Wolverines won, 14-7, last year with fourth quarter touchdown.


November 25

Alabama at Auburn: The Iron Bowl; Tide leads series, 45-35-1, and has won seven of last nine.

Florida State at Florida: The Sunshine Showdown; Gators lead, 34-25-2, but Noles have won four straight and six of last seven.

Georgia at Georgia Tech: Billed as “Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate;” Dogs lead, 65-41-5, and have 13 of last 16, but last year Yellow Jackets scored with 30 seconds remaining for a 28-27 win.

Ohio State at Michigan: Wolverines lead, 58-48-6, but Buckeyes have won five straight.


December 1

Pac 12 Championship Game


December 2

Big 12 Championship Game

Big Ten Championship Game

ACC Championship Game

SEC Championship Game


December 9

Army vs. Navy: Midshipmen lead, 60-50-7, but Army’s 21-17 victory last year snapped Navy’s 14-game streak in the series.

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